Interrupting Tradition

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 30, 2003 - Religion - 183 pages
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Not so long ago it would have been fair to say that the Catholic Church and the Catholic faith determined human life and social existence, more or less unquestioned, in Flanders and in a large part of Western Europe. The Catholic faith community in Flanders today, however, is struggling with the fact that the transmission of the Christian tradition has been flagging in recent years. This has not only led to diminished faith engagement and a massive decline in church attendance, it has also had its effects in the cultural domain: culture has become de-traditionalised; 'traditional' Christian culture is worn out. Even convinced Christians are having problems reflecting on the plausibility of their faith, precisely because of the chasm that has opened up between faith and culture. The author of the present study argues that every new context challenges the Christian tradition to recontextualise its presentation of meaning and purpose in a cogent and credible fashion. Christians today do themselves a disservice when they withdraw into a world of absolute self-justification.
 

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Contents

CHRISTIAN TRADITION UNDER PRESSURE
13
Tradition and its Development
15
Modernity and the Rupture of Tradition
37
The Postmodern Context The Definitive End of Tradition?
51
FAITH IN THE POSTMODERN CONTEXT OPEN VERSUS CLOSED NARRATIVES
65
Identity and Meaning in the Postmodern Context
67
Towards an Open Narrative
85
A Christian Open Narrative?
101
FOUNDATIONS OF AN OPEN CHRISTIAN NARRATIVE
113
Jesus Interrupting on Behalf of God
115
Negative Theology Gods Interruption of Christian Master Narratives
147
Christianity Interrupted by the World Religions
163
EPILOGUE
179
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Lieven Boeve is professor of Fundamental Theology at the Faculty of Theology, K. U. Leuven (Belgium).

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